Building on National EFA Reviews undertaken in 2014-15 and on the outcomes of the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Conference in February 2015 in Kigali, Member States under the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa have engaged since 2016 in the national and regional consultation process for the translation, implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Education Agenda – SDG4.

National Consultations have been organized under the leadership of Ministries of Education to discuss, clarify and unpack SDG4 and the Education 2030 agenda; to explore priorities and monitoring modalities for the Education 2030 agenda against the national context and national education strategic plans; and to agree on roles and responsibilities for taking forward the Education 2030 agenda. National consultations were held in all 13 countries of the Eastern Africa Region between August 2016 and January 2017 with support of UNESCO and SDG4 co-conveners (ILO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, UNHCR and the World Bank). All countries prepared an SDG4 National Roadmap on policy priorities and gaps from their national plans in order to implement SDG4 at country level. UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa has developed a SDG4 package with some tools (e.g. SDG4 national roadmap guide) to support countries (MoE and UNESCO colleagues) to prepare their national consultation process. Some countries have organized follow-up on specific issues such education statistics with a focus on the SDG4 indicators and the global reporting (March 2017) with support from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) (in South Sudan and Rwanda).

As a follow-up to the National Consultations, the Ministerial SDG4 Regional Forum for Eastern Africa (February 2017) was held in Dar Es Salaam. Over 150 participants, including Ministers of Education and their representatives from 12 countries, partners from international organizations and civil society, agreed on regional priorities and recommendations for inter-country cooperation to advance the 2030 Education Agenda in the region and leave no one behind. Results among others are: a regional statement; and a regional analysis compiling and analysing all national SDG4 roadmaps. In the framework of the 2030 Education Agenda, UNESCO Nairobi and the Government of Djibouti have also organized a Higher Education Conference across different sectors. A specific roundtable on the Addis Convention was organized in which all Ministers and representatives committed to move forward the ratification of the Convention by the UNESCO General Conference.

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